Desires of the Heart (A Son's Love)
A young man named Alex from our bible study suggested we have a prayer meeting. So I said, “let’s do it, and let’s do it at my house!” So as we gathered together, just five of us, we decided to pray for the desires on our hearts and have each other in agreement.
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
As we continued to pray, a few others joined us as we now became nine. As we were concluding, Alex requested that we pray for his dad. His Dad was placed in prison over 20 years ago, and was now in a segregated cell which he had not left in over three months. After all these years, Alex shared that he finally had the desire to communicate with his dad and after many calls to the prison system, there was finally a response!
He shared with this counselor his desire and miraculously she agreed to let his father call him. This was accomplished by Alex paying for a track phone that she placed in his cell for the father’s use. At the prayer meeting he shared that he had communicated with his dad and told him that he loved him and had forgiven him.
“…Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
He let his father know there was no need for him to hold onto the burden of guilt and shame he held over the last 20 years.
What was really pressing on Alex was he wanted us to pray for his dad and also for the confidence to pray for his dad the next time they talked. As we were deciding who should pray for Alex, the phone rang. Yes, you guessed correctly, it was his dad! At this time, Alex asked his dad if he could pray for him, and we all heard him respond “yes!” I can only imagine the joy of his father in that lonely cell knowing that his son still loved him and forgave him after all those years.
The nine of us were so amazed on how God connected these two at such a timely manner! Tears of joy and excitement filled the room. As I reflect back now I realized God was showing us all how much He loved us by sending His Son Jesus who has loved and forgiven us.
As you read this, I hope you have had the joy of understanding how much God loves you and forgave you by His act; His selfless act at the cross! If you had not experienced this joy, you are just a moment away!
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. “ 1 John 1:9
Alex’s act of love was an example of Jesus’ love for each and every one of us! Why don’t we take a moment to do the same for someone else- the desire of your heart.